Two famous competitive climbers make a bet on who can climb Cerro Torre, one of the most dangerous mountains in Argentina and the world, first. As the day of the climb approaches, their increasing competitiveness becomes destructive.
Herzog revealed once that Klaus Kinski was originally going to play the leading character in the film; a role which subsequently went to Vittorio Mezzogiorno instead.
I forgot the garlic.
Roccia: What an asshole you are. You always forget the essential.
During Roccia's climb of Cerro Torre, in the scene immediately following the blizzard, several crew members can be seen in the reflection of his goggles.